healthy animal IS A
dedicated veterinarian. BEHIND EVERY DEDICATED VETERINARIAN
ON TWO LEGS
As the third largest state veterinary medical association in the US, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) provides numerous tangible benefits to its members including quality continuing education, professional publications, information resources, and discounts on personal and professional services, programs, and products—but some of the most valuable benefits derived from membership in the FVMA are the intangible ones! The FVMA provides a powerful voice for the veterinary community, and works to affect policies, regulations and legislation in order to protect the veterinary medical profession, veterinarians’ livelihood and the well-being of clients.
new & improved
Member Assistance Program (MAP)
- MAP offers help for personal
and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, shortterm counseling and personal consultation. Additionally, MAP provides work-life resources for issues such as legal and financial consultations, online learning and resources.
Power of 10
- This program is designed to foster and support
leadership potential in the industry by providing learning experiences to recent graduates, which will engage and develop foundational skills in leadership, communication and business.
Complimentary legal consultation
for issues that arise in the
practice of veterinary medicine.
to fight for the veterinary profession in
Tallahassee and in Washington, DC. As a part of this, we offer informational sessions to help you learn about legislative processes.
provide the latest practice articles, mental wellness
resources, information on CE events and so much more.
Reduced conference registration. Find-A-Vet
- allows pet owners to find FVMA member veterinarians
close to them.
FVMA Veterinary Career Center Program job or candidates you are looking for.
- allows you to find the
Reduced Rate Services First Data/Telecheck services
make accepting electronic payments
easy and affordable.
provides a continuum of payment support for pets at
enrolled veterinary hospitals.
assist in collecting outstanding debt and will train your
staff on how to prevent future receivable problems.
Other exciting benefits coming soon Discounts on
office supplies, rental cars, and more.
Relief Veterinarian List
- allow clinics to fill a need within their practice
and provides additional work opportunities for relief veterinarians.
and so much more... WE PROVIDE THE SUPPORT YOU NEED TO FLOURISH IN THIS INDUSTRY.
In addition to veterinary memberships, the FVMA also offers memberships to the entire veterinary care team. We certify veterinary assistants and technicians to become Certified Veterinary Assistants and Certified Veterinary Technicians. We also offer membership to veterinary practice managers and animal care technicians. Learn more about how you and your entire veterinary team can become members of the FVMA and start enjoying benefits that will help you flourish in your career.
VETERINARY PRACTICE MANAGERS (VPM) Prerequisites: • Verification of on-the-job training by a licensed veterinarian. • Serving a veterinary clinic as an office administrator, financial manager, etc. • $55 dues fee required every two years. Current expiration: 12/31/2023
ANIMAL CARE TECHNICIANS (ACT) Prerequisites: • Verification of on-the-job training by a licensed veterinarian. • Veterinary team member who has worked in the capacity of a technician for at least three years. • Any graduate of an AVMA-accredited veterinary technology program who does not qualify for a technician certification. • $35 dues fee required every two years. Current expiration: 12/31/2023
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CERTIFIED VETERINARY ASSISTANTS (CVA)
Prerequisites: • Complete at least nine months of an ACT-approved high school or adult learning program. • Complete the “Skills Competency Validation Checklist” under the supervision of a licensed DVM, CVT and/or approved veterinary assistant instructor (VAI) where applicable. • Complete a minimum of 500 hours of practical veterinary assisting experience. • At least 250 hours must be in a veterinary hospital setting working with live animals. • Up to 250 hours can be school lab time, defined as non-lecture time, wherein the student applicant performs and appropriately utilizes related veterinary assisting skills under the supervision of the VAI. • Score 70% or higher on the CVA Final Exam. • $25 dues fee required every year. Current expiration: 12/31/2021
CERTIFIED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS (CVT)
Prerequisites: • Graduate from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program. • Obtain a passing grade in the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), which is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).
• $55 dues fee required every two years. Current expiration: 12/31/2023
WE ARE NOT ONLY HUMBLED BY THE DEVOTION OUR MEMBERS HAVE FOR ANIMALS,
we’re fueled by it.
It isn’t just the FVMA adapting and innovating to serve our members better. The FAEP, our equine-exclusive branch, is taking the plunge with us.
We’ve also rebranded our affiliates, to recognize how essential every member of the veterinary team is to our association’s future.
dedicated to leadership This year, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA) is launching the Power of Ten, a leadership program focused on developing the potential of young veterinary professionals in Florida, heightening their profile in the FVMA and organized veterinary medicine in general. The Power of Ten is designed to help recent graduates, from zero to 10 years after graduation, develop foundational skills in leadership, communication and business.
OUR GOAL Through the Power of Ten, the FVMA’s goal is to assist our young professionals to: • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills and emotional intelligence • Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills • Acquire critical skills to intensify business acumen • Gain the competency to utilize these skills within their life, practice, and community • Heighten awareness of themselves and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around them • Develop a vision of the leader they can be – and what it takes to become that leader • Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interaction
Our Inaugural Class NATALIE A. DAVIDSON, DVM Paws & Claws Veterinary Hospital HILLARY MAEDEL, DVM Westchase Veterinary Center and Emergency TRISHA DOSWELL, DVM BCVMA President 2020-2021 Animal Medical Clinic Melbourne and Melbourne Beach CAITLIN HOLLY DVM Candidate Class of 2022, UFCVM RICHARD NICHOLAS DIAZ, DVM
KATY TAGGART, DVM
THOMAS HESTER, DVM Trenton Animal Hospital SHARON PINDAR, DVM Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. ELLEN STAPLES, DVM Canopy Equine Veterinary and Podiatry
STEPHANIE BOWES, DVM My Pet's Animal Hospital
This is just a small sample of what our FVMA staff is working to bring you, to enrich your life as you engage in this amazing profession. This extended brand rollout will see new additions to the FVMA for years to come, but as soon as this fall, you will see even more new elements, including our all-new website that makes getting everything you need from us more intuitive than ever.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES Small Animal & Exotic
FVMA Regionals Location: Panama City, FL Date: November 11-14, 2021
Promoting Excellence Symposium Location: Naples, FL Date: October 21-24, 2021
The Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference Location: West Palm Beach, FL Date: December 2-5, 2021
Ocala Equine Conference Location: Ocala, FL Date: January 21-23, 2022
FVMA Annual Conference Location: Orlando, FL Date: March 17-22, 2022
It is the FVMA’s responsibility to ensure the future of veterinary medicine is bright, but it is brightest when you are actively engaged. We hope you’ll continue to share with us your concerns, ideas and dreams as we continue to build the new FVMA around you.
WE'RE HERE FOR YOU @thefvma
7207 Monetary Dr., Orlando, Florida 32809 toll-free: 800-992-3862
Everything you need to know about your 2021 FVMA membership in conjunction with our rebranding.